Facebook Places completes the picture

By Susan Etlinger and Charlene Li Today, Facebook confirmed that it is adding location awareness to the Facebook experience. Facebook Places enables members to share where they are and who they are with, find people near them and discover new places of interest.  So if you travel to Chicago and are craving deep-dish pizza, you can see where your friends have “checked in” and what they thought about the experience. Facebook Places launches with an iPhone app, the addition of a location feature … [Read more...]

Google Buzz and Kids – Parental Control Nightmare

by Charlene Li Like many parents, I try to take steps to keep my kids safe online, making sure that they understand not to share personal information online, or even to use their real names. They know how to write appropriate emails, and I constantly monitoring what they do, the emails they send, and most importantly, engaging in a constant dialog with what they are doing online. But when I logged into my Google Buzz account this evening, I found that my 9 year old daughter had posted the … [Read more...]

With iThryv.com, kids get financially smart

TechCrunch50 started with a winner from iThryv.com, developed by Shryk.com and launching on September 10th. The service provides financial services for kids, teens, and young adults. As a parent of tweens, I'm definitely interested in this service as I'm keen to raise financially responsible kids. Some nice features include being able to classify spending for tweens as "wants" versus "needs" so that they can look back on their decisions and think if they had made good choices. The presentation … [Read more...]